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7/18/14 – 7:24 A.M.

A man arrested along with two Findlay murder suspects made a court appearance Thursday. The Courier reports a sentencing hearing for 22-year-old Darius Pullom was pushed back. Pullom has pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm inside a car. He was arrested with the two men accused of killing Joe Gutierrez III last year.

Pullom was in a car with Montre Robinson and Ralph Harris III when they were arrested last November. Police haven’t said if Pullom was with them at the time of the shooting.

Court officials want to make sure Pullom cooperates as witness against Harris and Robinson before his sentencing.

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7/18/14 – 7:13 A.M.

The Fostoria Economic Development Corporation has a new director. Renee Smith will take the reins of the organization August 1. Smith has been a grant writer for the organization for the last two years. During that time she has submitted applications for grants responsible for bringing around $2 million back to the community.

Before working in Fostoria, Smith worked for nonprofit organizations in Findlay. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Findlay and has co-authored three books.

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7/18/14 – 6:50 A.M.

A regional water and sewer district serving all of Putnam County continues to move forward. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the steering committee settled on a name for the district this week. Once the district is completed, it will be known as the Black Swamp Regional Water and Sewer District. Members wanted a name that would still apply if it ever expanded beyond Putnam County.

Putnam County was given $100,000 from the state last year to do the ground work to form the water and sewer district. Now that the name has been established, the steering committee will find out what water services the towns and villages in the district offer.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/18/14 – 5:28 A.M.

At least four fire departments battled a fire in a North Baltimore factory Thursday night. North Baltimore, McComb, Allen Township and Liberty Township firefighters were all called to HPJ Industries at 510 West Broadway. The blaze broke out around 11:30 p.m.

There is no word of any injuries. The Hancock County fire departments that responded returned to their stations around 3 a.m. No other details were immediately available.


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7/18/14 – 5:21 A.M.

A Findlay man was found safe in Toledo after state authorities issued a missing adult alert for him Thursday night. 75-year-old George Bigelow went missing from his South Main Street home around 2 p.m. Authorities were concerned because Bigelow suffers from Dementia, and there was fear he could have been confused about where he was.

Fortunately authorities were able to cancel the alert about an hour after sending it out.

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7/18/14 – 5:11 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured when a car hit a bike south of McComb Thursday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened around 10:15 p.m. on Pleasant Township Road 235.

56-year-old Roger Fry was riding his bike north on Road 235 when he was hit from behind by a Honda CRV driven by 54-year-old Peng Chailee of Carey. Fry was wearing a helmet and had working lights on his bike. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

 

Chailee was cited for not maintaining an assured clear distance.


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7/17/14 – 5:01 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners will appeal an appeals court ruling about the expansion of Road 5. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a 2-1 vote means the matter will now be taken to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Residents along Road 5 said meetings about the proposed expansion violated Ohio open meeting laws. The Putnam County Common Pleas Court ruled against them. That allowed construction to move forward. But the Third Appellate District Court of Appeals overturned that decision last month.

Commissioner Travis Jerwers voted against the appeal. He said it would only cost the county more money in legal fees. Commissioner Vince Schroeder tells the newspaper it’s possible they’ll try and negotiate with the plaintiffs while the appeals process moves forward.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/18/14 – 4:49 A.M.

Hancock County jail officials say some headway is being made in getting people in to serve their sentences. The Courier reports a new agreement between Findlay and the county is expected to help. Under terms of the deal, Findlay will pay to have city inmates housed in the jails of neighboring counties. No deals are in place for that yet, but Putnam County is expected to sign on.

A dip in the male population at the jail helped clear room for female inmates trying to serve their sentences. Early this month the jail was able to temporarily convert one unit into female housing. That allowed seven more women to serve their short sentences.

Earlier this month, the Courier reported that jail overcrowding was so bad that convicts were being turned away from serving their sentences multiple times. Some have had to wait for more than a year to serve their sentence.

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7/17/14 – 12:12 p.m.

Congressman Bob Latta will be meeting with area residents tomorrow. One-on-one session will be held in Bowling Green in the Wood County courthouse. Representatives from Latta’s office say the meetings will run from 9 a.m. until noon. You don’t have to RSVP to attend.

If you have any questions, call (800)541-6446.

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7/17/14 – 12:02 P.M.

Hanco EMS opened a second station on Findlay’s east side a little over a month ago, and it’s already making an impact…

Audio: Rob Martin

Rob Martin is with Hanco and gave the Hancock County commissioners an update on operations today.

Martin says Hanco is improving in other ways too…

Audio: Rob Martin

Martin says they’ve also added new equipment and more personnel.

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